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  1. Re: The Most Interesting Recent Female Releases ?

    My three most recent FB purchases among designer feminines are:

    My Burberry Black Parfum - strong peach patchouli

    Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme - leathery berry rose

    Galop d'Hermès -...
  2. Re: Octavian Sever Coifan - Writing Again!

    Very nice! Great to see him back!
  3. Re: Lounge Disappearance: Everything older than 3 months is gone (before Dec. 2019)

    It's not a bug - it's a feature! :wink:
  4. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    Nice to see Manhattan getting some love! I may get that sample out, if I can find it. Cheers! :beer:
  5. Re: No better time than now to wear - perfumes you couldn't/wouldn't wear to work

    This is a good idea. I'm not applying enough!
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    Pulled my YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme out of the Perfume Cellar. Fresh fougère. Perfect for then unblocking a storm drain clogged by fall debris and spring rains in the winter dark and summer...
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    Re: A Musical Fragrance Brief

    I plugged all the notes into the advanced directory search and actually got 1 fragrance - and it makes sense. I even own it! It's great, a bit femme on a guy, and a bit homme on a girl.
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  8. Re: Jokes to fend off the coronavirus blues

    I laughed!!!

    I don't remember jokes. I think that may be a feature, not a bug. :wink:
  9. Re: The Greatest Blind-Buy Disappointments of your Life

    Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights. This one is DCed, but gets a lot of raves as a guy-wearable oriental that is surprisingly good for a celebuscent.

    Oh, wow. It has a stinky floral note that only the...
  10. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    Your plan is clearly working! Great choice! :cool:
  11. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    I'm going with the comedic gold theory of longevity!!! :beer:
  12. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    I think this is better than most of these companies doing MVV statements. The Dilbert-level consultants who push these things seem to encourage them way bigger than the business itself. Not so sure...
  13. Re: LVMH switches perfume production to hand sanitizer

    B&BW hand sanitizers are almost sold out. They're really nice. The pocket ones are great ways to sample.
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    Re: HERMÈS new Men's pillar fragrance

    Proof is here! Anton is right as always!

    https://www.ipo.gov.uk/t-tmj/tm-journals/2019-042/word.html
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    Re: HERMÈS new Men's pillar fragrance

    Hermès apparently markets some styles of the Bolide bag to men, but more to women, so I'm betting it will be as unisex as Voyage.

    I like manbags, but more in the style of their CityNews and...
  16. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    I got complete anosmia after joining BN, and my sense of smell came back. I wrote about it here:

    http://www.basenotes.net/entries/270-Anosmia-by-the-Elements-Air-and-Water

    Yes, there is hope!!!
  17. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    Same to you, Chuck! God bless, and hope to see you here whenever I drop in for some fragrant R&R. :beer:
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    Jimmy Choo Man Ice! We just landed in Ulan-Ute!
  19. Re: Possible re-release of Magnetism, and other men's Escada frags.

    A fresh bottle of Magnetism! :happy:
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    I looked at your wardrobe. A few ideas.

    Winter Woods
    The Smell of Freedom
    Baccarat Rouge 540 (cold harsh fresh wind & woods)
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    Re: I bought Tom Ford for men today!

    You're welcome! Dang, that old DCed Pi Neo is a find!
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    Luca Turin's review [ducks] for Creed Original Santal references Ulan-Ude, which is the third-largest city in Eastern Siberia, so I may go with that.



    I also have Jimmy Choo Man Ice now!
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    Re: I bought Tom Ford for men today!

    Note that the perfumer was Yves Cassar of IFF. He did an earlier (2002) weak ambery oriental that will instantly remind one of this, but with interesting differences - Estee Lauder Intuition For...
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    Re: I bought Tom Ford for men today!

    I have a reproducible and consistent olfactory fatigue for whatever labdanum/resin component is used in most ambers. TDC Oriental Lounge is where I first spotted it. TFFM is a weak amber to my...
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    Re: I bought Tom Ford for men today!

    I have a TFFM bottle (100 mL) from 2015 for sure by store purchase, with a B35 batch code. The scent was launched in 2007, so it cannot be 2005.

    Both box and sticker say:

    EAU DE TOILETTE SPRAY...
  26. Re: what does the term "perfumery/perfumey" mean to you?

    That's actually a great idea. They make people do abstracts of their dissertations. There could also be requirements of "elevator pitch", "tweet", and "txt" versions! :wink:
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Yeah, it was weird when I first smelled it - trying to figure what I was smelling behind the powerful LOTV. The first thing that came to mind was WD-40. Basically modified petroleum distillates. I...
  28. Re: what does the term "perfumery/perfumey" mean to you?

    And probably a better term to be taken seriously, I am forced to admit! :wink:
  29. Re: what does the term "perfumery/perfumey" mean to you?

    Yes - "perfumey" is a pretty loose term that encompasses a lot more than classic fine fragrance accords, or even the stereotypical components of those accords, like aldehydes, chypre, white flowers,...
  30. Re: Which houses will you be exploring next?

    Not sure. My current exploration of Floraiku was only loosely planned and just kinda happened in the middle of a sampling binge. I will likely do another house exploration this year, but I'd rather...
  31. Re: what does the term "perfumery/perfumey" mean to you?

    Yup. I avoided using the term for years, until I realised that every euphemism for "perfumey" was the same kind of "talk-around BS" that one uses to get a scientific paper to publish, when the basic...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Yeah, I'm with you on the budget here - 10 mL looks much more realistic - although I may splurge for ONE (1) bottle eventually, as I'm a hardcore bottle person, and owning 1 bottle might be possible...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    I have to say, every single thing you said here is spot on. Minimalist done right. Worth the price? Everybody's own call. And it is a very good detox.

    I'm still only seeing $35 for the...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Between Two Trees may be my favorite of the bunch. For me, it's a unique vetiver that is perfect for real vetiver lovers, who want a stiff vetiver with no training wheels. It has brilliant moments...
  35. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    Awesome! :beer:
  36. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    Mission: Love smell more.
    Vision: Worlds joined by fragrance.
    Values: Love, Truth, God.

    Reference: ...
  37. Re: Best "masculine" perfume for women / Best "feminine" perfume for men

    Galop has really captured me. My wife doesn't even think she can wear it. I had to reassure her that Rouge Eau Délicate is a feminine, because it smells like a modern powdery masculine to her. She...
  38. Re: What would a fragrance smell like if it was made up of every single fragrance in the world?

    Hey, I laughed!

    Seriously, Beige is a beautiful fragrance, and for me it smells "beige", like many old (beige) makeup compositions traditionally smelled, augmented with many mental olfactory...
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    Re: I detect... lilac...

    I have no idea how people figure the family values types are sexless, knowing as many of them as I do. From what I can tell, they #### like rabbits, with bambinos and rugrats everywhere! You want...
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    Re: I detect... lilac...

    Lilac Vegetal is kinda 19th century Western Americana to me. Hospice? Well, I guess that's where all the Marlboro men are now! :evil:
  41. Re: Best "masculine" perfume for women / Best "feminine" perfume for men

    Yes - Terre d'Hermès is weirdly appropriate on women. It gives gravitas and strength, with refinement and French style - without roughness. It's like 80's dresses - it's olfactory shoulderpads. I...
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    Re: I detect... lilac...

    Lilac is a good choice. Smells clean, pretty unisex, very "spring".
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    Re: I detect... lilac...

    Yup. Catch them doing something right if you want more of it. Boutique B&BW stuff is awesome, but generic is good for daily use.
  44. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    Definitely compliant, but our core competences are T and A, so we may need to to hire useless consultants to reach states of continuous improvement in F and R!
  45. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    I may have worked for this company. I need to check my resumé.
  46. Re: Thoughts on Alexandria Chic Magnet (Magnetism clone)

    Yes, I was thinking the same thing! Mix topheavy and bottomheavy and see if you get closer overall.
  47. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    Fragrance: the final beauty. These are the voyages of the starship Redneck. His lifelong mission: to explore strange and wonderful new perfumes. To seek out new art and old civilization. To boldly go...
  48. Re: Hermes launches a lipstick line - perfumed by Christine Nagel

    Do you feel like this fragrance would be buy-worthy if made into its own EDT or EDP? I'm thinking something like Guerlain's Meteorites or Terracotta fragrances.
  49. Re: Thoughts on Alexandria Chic Magnet (Magnetism clone)

    Good to hear! The drydown being solid is especially good news. That's where people usually fake it.
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    His "rain" scents are always good! Spectral Violet also impressed me a lot. Not an easy wear, but one of the best violets out there for a kind of goth-type beauty, wearing black, etc.
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    Wearing Midnight Forest now. I bought this instead of Hermèssence Vetiver Tonka. Imagine taking VT and keeping the exact cool of the tonka, but replacing vetiver with hyper-realistic yet subtle...
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    It's a reasonably easy male rose, somewhat niche, leaning ambery, woody and dark but not quite Middle-Eastern. It's not terribly distinctive. A Neil Morris version of Égoïste in some ways, maybe...
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    That's pretty neat! :beer:
  54. Re: What would a fragrance smell like if it was made up of every single fragrance in the world?

    Yes! The smell of my fragrance fridge. Very much like a sample drawer - like you say - perfumey and nondescript. My wife smelled the room about 5 minutes after I opened and closed it, as the scent...
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    Now wearing "Neil Morris for Takashimaya New York by Takashimaya", which people may still be able to get directly from Neil. Call him. This is an amazing scent. This is Neil's masterpiece light...
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    I've never sniffed this rose scent, that I can recall, but I love his Rosé Vanille. Beautiful stuff. A bit on the femme side, but the "old books" vanilla aspect is so strong, it borders on smoky,...
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    Rumi is an amazing scent. If it had the exposure and name brand of Leather Oud and other "challenging" BN faves, it would be much more commonly worn, IMO.

    But yeah - not for every nose!!! And...
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    Rumi is one of the most memorable scents I ever wore. The amber and benzoin push into skanky leather and musk territory for me. I dithered about a buy.
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    My wife was not impressed with FFMR - "too strong!" Hahaha - that is a "problem" with all of his fragrances, IMO. Good brand for me, not my wife.
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    I'm not sure I've ever seen his stuff in a store. Please post if you find his fragrances, which is likelier in your region. I bought all my stuff by mail order. His samples are generously sized. ...
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    I have 3 bottles and numerous dessicating samples - I'm going with my 3 bottle fragrances.

    First up - Flowers For Men: Rose.

    This was my first NM bottle. It has a classic, strong, dark, smoky,...
  62. Re: Chanel announce new No.5 face, and additional products in Chance line

    Yes, the first time I became aware of her was her performance in "Allied" with Brad Pitt. She was really, really good. Not many could pull off that role, much less look so great doing it!


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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    I am now in total agreement with you on this one! And with HouseOfPhlegethon, who gave it an excellent review!

    Yes, this is one of the best and most realistic tea fragrances I ever smelled! I...
  64. Re: Latest Release by Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    With his OSCAR®-winning line, "Quick! Get BROTUS to the Vault!" :evil:
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    Re: How is Chez Bond?

    Yeah, I can see this!
  66. Re: Why do you love the funk/skank/barn/dirt?

    Same basic feeling as Diamondflame here.

    I generally don't enjoy animalic, funk, skank or barn, although I find them interesting up to a point. Earth smells I like - mineral smells. Also...
  67. Re: Latest Release by Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    Norlimbanol Has Fallen! :evil:
  68. Re: Hermes launches a lipstick line - perfumed by Christine Nagel

    :thumbsup: Raised right by my reckoning!



    An Hermès insider! I love it!



    Love it! I will steer my wife that way next time we're in a boutique.
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    Re: Gucci Guilty EDP

    Rose! I like it!
  70. Re: Hermes launches a lipstick line - perfumed by Christine Nagel

    My wife likes Guerlain lipsticks and Hermès fragrances, so this sounds natural for her! Hope the prices aren't outlandish.
  71. Re: Waft From The Loft - Sarah McCartney 4160 Tuesdays

    The anti-bro!

    You can introduce the concept of "pet mode"! :evil:
  72. Re: Latest Release by Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    Dang. I loved the Amyris EDT and held off because this line is not a cheap addiction. But BR is pretty genius, IMO. You're tempting me!!! :wink:
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    Re: Donna Karan Black Cashmere

    Did IFRA kill this stuff, or is a decent re-release within the realm of distant possibility?
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Sunday's scent was really impressive - My Shadow on the Wall.

    I grabbed this one somewhat randomly, and didn't even realize that it was one of the "Forbidden Incense" series, because the floral...
  75. Re: Use Glass to Turn Your Cheap Pinaud Clubman Aftershave into a Suave Smelling Scent.

    Heck, this is the first time I saw this. Awesome idea. Will find my Brut and rescue if not too late.

    Yes, these stinky cheap plastics are a travesty. I have some old tackle and tool boxes,...
  76. Re: As of today, Creed is no longer a family owned brand

    And this was almost Creed's pricing model when I first got on their wagon. Middle modern millesime bottles in the 200 range, prestige flacons around 500. People with a bit of taste in fragrance,...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    OK - more wear reports!

    I had my first wear of Between Two Trees, which is pretty nifty stuff, but a bit challenging in a very niche way. It's one of the "shadowing" fragrances - the dark one,...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    I look forward to trying Mountain Standing Still and Ao! Oud and black tea sounds quite interesting. I do have Sleeping on the Roof, and will try it soon. Wife likes Cricket Song!

    Yeah, the...
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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    I'm going to apologize to everybody for trolling on art, grab the check, and call it a month. You have an unlocked Luca Turin thread, if you can keep it.

    Ladies and gentlemen, it's been a...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Excellent! Looking forward to your impressions! Yes, the free shipping really sweetens that deal.

    I hate to utter this beautiful slight, but the fact that the house is both delicately...
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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    Without going into the problem that "serious" art as a whole right now could use some couch time or a good pair of handcuffs (clothes on) - yes, there is a failure to understand that if one admits...
  82. Re: As of today, Creed is no longer a family owned brand

    LOL!

    "Somebody's nose is wrong on the internet!" :cheesy:


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    I wore Jasmin de Nuit by The Different Company today. This was one of my first niche favorites back in 2008, when I joined Basenotes. I had just read Chandler Burr's book, The Perfect Scent, and...
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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    Roudnitska's book was first published in 1980, but obviously a different beast.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4203386-le-parfum

    I once found a book on cosmetic science from even before...
  85. Re: As of today, Creed is no longer a family owned brand

    Agree with all of that, but I think Creed is now well-positioned to survive what's coming, whatever one believes that may be, by being in a mobile state. Whether new management makes the right moves...
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    Re: ADG Profumo strange smell

    LMAO! :grin:
  87. Re: As of today, Creed is no longer a family owned brand

    He just smells stuff differently, but stick with him, and you'll see all your old faves from a new angle. Bigsly is like that for me, too.

    Same post - comparing BdC Parfum and Viking - I never...
  88. Re: As of today, Creed is no longer a family owned brand

    This is why I love family and other "closely held" businesses that value intangible assets over "dumb money". I cheer for all such businesses to resist, but when you surrender, surrender smart, and...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Yes! I wore those two in sequence as my entrance to the sample set, because they seemed the most masculine, and I wanted to give them a chance to impress.

    My Love Has the Colour of the Night blew...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Some synergy with the closing of Twisted Lily here. 30% off on remaining Floraïku. A few bottles, mostly travel size.

    https://twistedlily.com/product-category/brands/floraiku/
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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    Could have saved Harvard a few recent headaches! :evil:
  92. Re: As of today, Creed is no longer a family owned brand

    You know, I was thinking to myself that if these guys would have struck earlier, several releases would have been done way better.

    Aventus for Her would not have been wearing a damn pantsuit,...
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    Re: ADG Profumo strange smell

    Sounds like a cheap fake using calone!
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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    That's the only one my wife gives a damn about! :thumbup:
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    I just tried this for the first time and was blown away. I can totally see why you got this one.

    I See The Clouds Go By is one of the best and most artistic fresh florals I've smelled in quite a...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    The aesthetics are quite pleasing. Even the sample box is really nice! My wife loved the kamon (circled flower blossom emblem) without any criticism of phoniness, and she will complain about "not...
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    Re: Luca Turin Cult

    Thanks to the statute of limitations, and a great intellectual movement called "Learn to Code", I now make this claim as well!
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    I got very good and good (but not extraordinary) sillage from the first two scents I wore - both from the Forbidden Incense group.

    My Love Has the Colour of the Night - very good sillage that my...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Oh, do I hear you about FB purchases - I am getting extremely picky. The only reason I can even experience this brand is the great sample pricing, which I really appreciate.

    My wife also loved...
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    Re: Floraïku Love Thread

    Yes, I noticed that you've been wearing that one recently! I will be wearing it very soon, and will re-read your review with great interest.

    Part of my wanting to do this thread is that I plan to...
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